• Mae Mae Cafe

  • Cafes Italian $9-$14
  • 68 Vandam St.
    New York, NY 10013
  • Neighborhood: Soho
  • Phone: 212-924-5109
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Even by non–New York standards, Cafe Mae Mae keeps short hours. That’s because prime times are reserved for Great Performances, the catering operation well known for its society weddings and corporate fund-raisers as well as a string of cafés that keep patrons at top New York venues well fed. This warmly cozy café–cum–intimate party space offers nearby workers savory lunchtime panini and tasty small plates. Local oenophiles enjoy a low-key enoteca—Tuscan winemaker Agricola Querciabella’s products, among many other bottles, adorn the café’s walls—and savvy tourists happily linger over pots of Keemun tea, with or without desserts like seasonal cakes or a strawberry rhubarb crumble. As is often the case with crowd-pleasing catering, entrée presentations overshadow the flavors. More successful are the salads, like farm-fresh greens dressed with 25-year-old sherry vinegar. With red walls and dark wood guaranteed to flatter, the burnished setting feels like movie-set Europe; an arched gold mirror echoes the arched front door and side dining nook. Red shades brighten up sconces and the large, central chandelier. Café tables sit across from a curvaceous mahogany bar, with plenty of stools for the lunchtime bustle.

  • Hours

    Mon-Tue and Thu-Fri, 11:30am-4pm Wed, 11:30am-10pm Sat-Sun, closed

  • Prices


  • Payment

    American Express Discover MasterCard Visa

  • Special Features

    Live Music Dine at the Bar Lunch Tea Time Business Lunch Private Dining/Party Space

  • Alcohol

    Full Bar

  • Reservations

    Not Accepted

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